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  • Department of Education

    COMMUNITY

    ENGAGEMENT PHASE 1

    OUTCOMES REPORT

    SORELL SCHOOL

    MAY 2019

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ................................................................................................................................................................3

    INTRODUCTION ..........................................................................................................................................................................4

    PROJECT BACKGROUND .........................................................................................................................................................4

    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OBJECTIVES .......................................................................................................................5

    CAMPAIGN OUTPUTS ................................................................................................................................................................5

    PARTICIPATION .............................................................................................................................................................................6

    WHAT WE HEARD .......................................................................................................................................................................7

    Survey .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

    COMMUNITY WORKSHOP .................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

    Okines COMMUNITY house workshop ............................................................................................................................................................ 9

    Shopping Centres ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 10

    SOCIAL MEDIA ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 10

    STUDENT VOICE ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11

    WRITTEN RESPONSES .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 11

    WHAT WE LEARNED ............................................................................................................................................................... 12

    NEXT STEPS .................................................................................................................................................................................. 13

    ATTACHMENTS .......................................................................................................................................................................... 14

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    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    The Department of Education (DoE) has committed to undertaking extensive community engagement as part of the Building Your Future education capital works projects. The Community Initiatives team commenced delivery of a series of community engagement campaigns known as Get Involved on 25 October 2018. The first phase of the Get Involved campaign for the redevelopment of Sorell School ran for six weeks from 4 February 2019 to 15 March 2019.

    Community engagement was undertaken to achieve four specific objectives and the campaign included extensive advertising, direct mail outs, online survey, community workshops, pop-up stalls, one-on-one engagement and group presentations.

    A total of 248 surveys were received during the campaign and 151individuals participated in meetings, community workshops, shopping centre stalls and presentations.

    The majority of respondents resided in the Sorell township, with 77 per cent coming from within the Sorell Local Government Area (LGA).

    While no specific questions about school culture or reputation were included in any of the engagement mediums, current and desired future culture emerged as recurring themes. Respondents said they believed there was little point investing in new infrastructure and facilities, without also considering how it would support a positive school culture.

    Almost half of respondents said they do (or intend to) send their child or children to Sorell School. Of those who said , approximately one quarter cited previous experiences or perceptions of the school as the primary reasons. There is opportunity through the redevelopment of Sorell School to address these perceptions and in doing so, increase enrolments.

    Establishing school-based apprenticeships and work experience partnerships with local businesses was seen as an important function of the school and it appears the community wants to work in partnership with the school to develop professional and life skills. When asked about community access to facilities and future use of any redundant spaces, respondents saw the school site as a potential hub of aspiration and community pride.

    Upgraded indoor and outdoor sporting facilities for students and the broader community were seen as important school infrastructure. Respondents also identified a swimming pool as a desirable community asset but acknowledged that the sch was not to operate a community pool. Some respondents suggested community partnerships and commercial business models be adopted in order to make the provision of a pool viable.

    There appears to be strong support for the school farm and Pioneer Heritage Village. Retaining the Pioneer Heritage Village and expanding the school farm and its programs were raised consistently by respondents.

    While statistically low in terms of overall responses, a number of respondents saw utilising local businesses for the

    construction phase of the redevelopment, introducing equine studies at the school and ensuring a wholistic education approach to student academic, personal growth and development as important issues.

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    INTRODUCTION

    The Tasmanian Government established a suite of initiatives to improve education outcomes across the State as part of its 2018 election commitments. The Building Your Future education initiatives contain a total of 19 capital works projects, including the construction of two new schools, four major school redevelopments and six new Child and Family Learning Centres.

    DoE has committed to undertaking extensive community engagement as part of the Building Your Future education capital works projects. This is to allow local communities and stakeholders to have the opportunity to provide input into specific projects ensuring a co-constructed approach to delivering capital works that improves outcomes for learners. To facilitate this, DoE established the Community Initiatives team within the Strategy and Performance Division to deliver a series of community engagement campaigns during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years.

    PROJECT BACKGROUND

    Sorell School is the oldest continually-operating school in Australia, having provided education and care on the same site since it opened in 1821. $25.75 million has been committed to deliver a combination of new buildings and refurbishment of existing facilities that provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for students from birth to Year 12. Works will commence in 2020 and are expected to be completed by 2022. Sorell School is a co-educational school with facilities and infrastructure spread across four campuses:

     a kindergarten located in Midway Point.  a kindergarten to Year 5 primary campus located at Sorell.  a Years 6 to 8 middle school and Years 9 and 10 senior school campus co-located at Sorell.  a trade training centre and adjoining classrooms for Years 11-12 located at Sorell.  a school farm and the Pioneer Heritage Village located at Sorell.

    https://sorell.education.tas.edu.au/early-years https://sorell.education.tas.edu.au/primary-campus https://sorell.education.tas.edu.au/middle-school https://sorell.education.tas.edu.au/south-east-trade-centre

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    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OBJECTIVES

    Community engagement activities for the redevelopment of Sorell School were tailored to meet four key objectives.

    These objectives were to:

    Generate community and stakeholder feedback to inform the project design and educational briefs. Manage expectations through clear and honest communication about what can be delivered by the

    project. Demonstra commitment to genuine, inclusive and accessible community engagement.

    The following activities were initiated specifically to deliver on these objectives.

    Objective Activity

    Generate com